Gokulam Kerala’s club president Praveen speaks to Goal about how the club was formed, the plans for the future and their interest in a merger league..
Kerala football was losing its battle for representation at India’s top-tier football league. I-League saw Viva Kerala dissolve into pitiful nothingness in 2012 as ardent football lovers across the state were left without a team to support.
Enter Kerala Blasters as an Indian Super League team in 2014. The fans flocked to the stadium in large numbers and the club quickly booked a place in the hearts of Keralites. But a team in the top division remained a distant dream, until VC Praveen, son-in-law of popular business mastermind Gokulam Gopalan, pitched in with an idea to realize one of his audacious dreams.
And thus, Gokulam Kerala FC came into existence. A year after its foundation was laid and an engaging debut season in I-League that saw them finish seventh on the table under the tutelage of head coach Bino George, Goal spoke to club president VC Praveen for an exclusive interview.